- Thursday, 14 May 2015
ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i during the official opening of this year’s ICT Week.
The Communications Authority of Kenya’s annual ICT week kicked off on Monday as the Authority embarked on week-long deliberations with its licensees and consumers in the ICT sector.
The ICT week that was officially launched by ICT CS Dr.Fred Matiang’i at the Sarova Pan Afric hotel will see discussions centred on sector policy and regulations, broadcasting;
telecommunications service providers; contractors and vendors as well as the postal and courier sub-sector. Consumer issues will be addressed in the various discussion forums to be held during this event.
Dr. Matiang’i, who was accompanied by the PS, Mr. Joseph Tiampati, described the CA-sponsored ICT week as key in enhancing the Authority’s regulatory work and facilitating growth of the sector.
This year’s ICT week was held as part of the events marking the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The ITU, which is the United Nations specialized agency for ICTs coordinates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits and also ensures seamless interconnection of global networks and technologies.
Dr. Matiang’i said the government had embraced ICTs in service delivery with a majority of services now accessible to Kenyans online.
‘‘The government is determined to migrate most of its services to the digital platform to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability. It is therefore expected that by the end of the next financial year, over 60% of public sector services will be delivered electronically,’’ said Dr.Matiang’i.
In order to realise this initiative, the government has heavily invested in six key ICT projects, developed ICT infrastructure across the nation to ensure connectivity throughout the country and enhanced favourable policy frameworks to facilitate private sector partnership and investment to develop the ICT sector.
The recent Economic Survey released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicates that the ICT sector witnessed a 13.4% growth in the last year with projections it would surpass the 15% mark this year and hit 20% mark by the year 2017
CA chairman Ngene Gituku said the Authority is currently engaged in a number of initiatives in the sector, key among them digital migration and review of sector regulations. The Authority is also engaging stakeholders on other emerging issues such as broadcast programme code, complaint handling procedure, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) and Domain Name System Security Extensions (Dnssec) as well as the minimum specifications for integrated Digital Television (iDTV) sets.
It recently signed an MOU with the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) that will see close collaboration and sharing of information when dealing with competition in the ICT sector.
‘‘We have finalized the signing of several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and still advancing others in a bid to boost synergies that will see us provide effective and efficient regulatory services to the industry,’’ said Mr. Gituku.
The ICT Week ends this Friday, 15th May 2015.